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Awesome Citizen Science

🔬 A repository of resources related to citizen, community-based and/or non-institutional science

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Last Update: Dec. 2, 2020, 9:03 p.m.

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Lab Equipment Software

A Graphite & InfluxDB Dashboard and Graph Editor.

Open-source software for mass spectrometers.

Open-source planetarium software.

Modeling and Computation

3D modeling software.

Open-source cloud-based computation (similar to MATLAB and Mathematica).

GNU Octave is a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations.(Free Matlab)


Open-source software for making diagrams.

Open GIS software.

a tool for turning Minecraft model files into 3D-printable .stl files

A piece of software disributed by the EPA that models the threat zone for various types of chemical spill and explosion hazards.

R package for statistical work in community ecology.

Publishing , Collaboration and Organization

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RapidPro allows organizations to visually build scalable interactive messaging applications.


Free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.

Reusable non-linear personal web notebook. (Source Code) BSD-3-Clause Nodejs

Software for managing a library of books (and the loaning process).

Productivity tool for scheduling tasks and making Gantt charts.

A open science tool with a lot of integrations.

Free and open-source e-book computer software application suite which runs on multiple platforms, allows users to manage e-book collections as well as create, edit, and read e-books. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

an online platform for organizing your library.

The Platform for Experimental and Collaborative Ethnography. This project provides an online platform for academic collaboration that helps keep track of complex attribution of credit. It is geared toward anthropologists but is expanding to become more broad.


Benjamin Crowell's free-to-download, cheap-to-buy open source physics textbooks.

Repository of open-licensed and collaboratively-edited textbooks on many basic subjects. You can download them as ebooks or order print copies.

CU Boulder interactive physics and chemistry simulations.

A vast library of interesting textbooks and other resources in PDF form on such topics as permaculture, agriculture, economics, crafts and activism.

A large student-edited multi-institutional wiki for microbiology.

The textbook section of a website dedicated to the open sharing of information.

Free ebooks (mostly computer science and engineering).

A site that maintains a list of bio lab protocols as well as an electronic lab notebook for team use.

Biology and Chemistry

A distributor of affordable DIY biology equipment.

A low-cost PCR workstation from Bento Lab.

An open-source liquid-handling robot.

An open-source PCR thermocycler.


Stanford University's Saccharomyces Genome Database.

Search tool for local alignment.

Sells a cheap open-source potentiostat, a colorimeter, and some other equipment.

A supplier of used bio lab equipment.

A biology centrifuge that takes the form of a dremel attachment.

An ultra-low cost, hand-powered centrifuge inspired by the mechanics of a whirligig toy.

An affordable, portable DNA/RNA sequencer.

A bioamplifier for DIY neuroscience.

Environmental Science and Geology

A seismograph compatible with the Raspberry Pi.

Modular, Low cost, open-source instrumentation for environmental monitoring.

An affordable airborne wind turbine prototype.

3D Printing and Fabrication

A comprehensively open-source DLP SLA 3D Printer project, powered by Autodesk.

A list of different 3d-printable science objects with models.


The cheapest, smallest Raspberry Pi ($5).

Raspberry Pi-like microcontroller for connecting the devices you make to the cellular network.

SparkFun Pro nRF52840 Mini, SparkFun SAMD21 Mini, SparkFun SAMD21 Dev, SparkFun Pro nRF52840 Mini, SparkFun SAMD21 Dev, SparkFun RedBoard Turbo, SparkFun LumiDrive, Sparkfun Qwiic Micro, SparkFun Qwiic Micro without Flash, SparkFun Qwiic Micro with Flash, SAMD51 Thing Plus.

Replaces expensive measurement tools such as oscilloscopes, signal generators, and spectrum analyzers. Red Pitaya has LabView and Matlab interfaces, and you can write your own tools and applications for it. It even supports extensions for things like Arduino shields.

A stickable, hi-resolution Bluetooth camera.


Open-source farm equipment and other civilization-building tools.

Methods for measuring the outcomes and impacts of community gardens and urban farms."

A competition to create instructables for DIY lab equipment.

Wiki with instructions on building DIY lab equipment.

Publishing and Doing Research

An open-access, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to discussion about methods in citizen science.

A great place to request help getting access to scientific papers that are beyond paywalls.

An online tool for gaining access to scientific articles that are normally beyond paywalls.

Another site for gaining access to science papers that are normally behind paywalls.

Nonprofit organization that publishes open-access journals and also advocates for openness and tranparency in science.

Directory of Open Access Journals

A tool for researchers, especially journalists, to share documents and findings.

Citizen Science Theory

A paper introducing the concept of "citizen engineering" as a companion to citizen science

Caltech chemistry professor Jay A. Labinger's paper about the need for scientists to engage with critical science studies scholars.

A late 1960s/early 1970s radical science movement whose literature has been organized on a website by UMass Amherst.

An article that offers several historical and current critiques of science that propose alternative ways of doing scientific work.

A site that contains the remnants of a famous late 1960s and early 1970s maker/ecology magazine.

Citizen Science Practice

A 1983 pharmacology paper detailing a low-cost, low-tech method of doing soil heavy metal testing.

A guide by the Civic Laboratory in St. John's, Newfoundland

An example of an important scientific discovery being made by someone who was not an institutional academic (an 8-year-old boy). The boy received lead author credit in a scientific paper.


One of the oldest and most successful DIY Bio labs, located in Brooklyn, NYC.

The first biohacking space in the world, located in Sunnyvale, CA

Seattle community bio lab.

Latin American biohackers' network.

A group working on DIY pharma-hacking projects, such as a $30 alternative to $600 epi-pens.


A nonprofit water testing and environmental data organization in Ithaca, NY.

Southern Appalachian project combining ecological research with civic action.

Community-based urban sustainability / agriculture education center in Albany, NY.

A Norco, LA - based citizen science group fighting for environmental justice.

An online citizen science project collecting and visualizing radioactivity data across the globe.

Project sing old smartphones as sensors to combat illegal logging.


A community science lab based in Pittsburgh, PA.

A mobile science education lab.

A library for physical objects based in Hillsboro, OR. Includes some science and tech supplies.

an organization that facilitaties a network of digital fabrication "Fab Labs"

A project for producing open farm tools.

Art and Science Spaces

An interdisciplinary art, science and technology research center that is part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A Mexico City-based collective working on projects at the intersection of art and science, especially related to biologically-generated sound.

A collaboration between artists and scientists at Arizona State University.

An initiative out of Rhode Island School of Design to bring more art and design into STEM education.

An institute for collaborative art, science and technology based in the Netherlands.

Financial Resources

A science crowdfunding platform.

A nonprofit that funds awesome projects with microgrants $1000 at a time.

A "curiosity network" for science and technology that combines a social network with crowdfunding.

Offers some grants that are compatible with small, non-institutional research projects.

Equipment and funding for labs in developing countries.

Grants available for small community organizations.

Other Types of Support

An online community for DIY biologists.

A place to find collaborators for your project.

Informational resources for upstart DIY science labs, put together by members of Genspace.

A search engine for finding citizen science projects to participate in.

A DIY environmental science network.

Conferences and Events

An annual citizen science festival in the Ruhr area, Germany, with an emphasis on organic fabrication, bio-hacking, mobile agriculture, and sustainability in urban ecosystems.

Student synthetic biology competition with connections to many DIY bio labs.

A design-focused annual conference that focuses on biotechnology-affiliated design, materials, and techniques.

Student design competition that concentrates on envisioning the future application of biotechnology.

Other Resources

The Pearce Research Group at Michigan Tech in Open Sustainability Technology.

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, which offers a lot of open tools for working with GIS data.

A resource for all things open hardware, including designs and legal considerations.

A collection of biological images as art.

Some literature and workshops by community organizers for understanding power and mobilizing.

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🔬 A repository of resources related to citizen, community-based and/or non-institutional science